DeSantis Ahead Of Trump In New National Poll

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A new poll of 1,500 U.S. adult citizens taken from Nov. 13 to 15 has Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leading over former President Trump.

Commissioned by The Economist and YouGov, the poll asked voters to choose between Trump and DeSantis for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Results show 39% support for DeSantis, 35% “not sure” and 26% support for Trump among those polled.

Among respondents who voted for Trump in the 2020 presidential election, 49% would vote for DeSantis and 38% for Trump, with 13% left undecided. Republican respondents had nearly identical numbers, as 46% went for DeSantis and 39% for Trump, with 16% unsure. (RELATED: Trump Tops DeSantis In National GOP Primary Poll)

The wide-ranging survey asked voters questions about specific political issues, midterm results, Elon Musk, individual politicians and the 2022 World Cup. Fifty-four percent of respondents said America is already in a recession. Half of respondents expected gas prices to be higher in six months, and 21% expected them to stay the same. Inflation and prices were deemed the most important issue, with the second most important being jobs and the economy.

A total of 59% of respondents believed the country is “off on the wrong track,” and 30% said America is moving in the right general direction. Less than half of respondents approved of either political party, with Democrats receiving 42% approval and Republicans getting 40% approval. Ratings for Joe Biden and Donald Trump were virtually identical to their respective parties.

Respondents were chosen from YouGov’s opt-in panel, and demographics were weighted to be representative of the U.S. population. Baseline party distribution was estimated to be 34% Democratic and 31% Republican, and 1,287 of the 1,500 respondents are registered voters.

A separate national poll of likely GOP primary voters from Nov. 15 had Trump in the lead over DeSantis. Statewide polls of likely GOP voters have seen DeSantis leading over Trump and other potential presidential candidates.